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Russia: 'Definite chances' that more parts of Tu-154 plane will be found - Sokolov00:56

Russia: 'Definite chances' that more parts of Tu-154 plane will be found - Sokolov

Russian Federation, Moscow
December 27, 2016 at 16:31 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia's Transport Minister stated that specialists have started to decode the first black box from the Tu-154 military plane and that there are 'definite chances' that a second flight recorder will be found, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday.

Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, explained that the first black box was found on Tuesday and was immediately delivered the Defence Ministry's Research Institute of the Air Forces in Moscow.

Sokolov said the Russian Geographical Society's deep research vehicles are being used to investigate the tragedy. He stated, "We believe that by using these deep research vehicle operating remotely as well as manned ones that were sent by the Russian Geographical Society, that we have definite chances, at these depths and on this relief of the seabed, to find the rest of elements of the plane, the cockpit voice recorder and other data storages – that will help in the investigation of this catastrophe."

The Tu-154 aircraft was bound for Hmeimim airbase, in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance. The plane crashed just 20 minutes after take-off, from Sochi, early on Sunday.

The Tu-154 plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, no survivors have been found at the crash site and eleven bodies have been recovered so far.

Russia: 'Definite chances' that more parts of Tu-154 plane will be found - Sokolov00:56
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Russia's Transport Minister stated that specialists have started to decode the first black box from the Tu-154 military plane and that there are 'definite chances' that a second flight recorder will be found, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday.

Transport Minister, Maxim Sokolov, explained that the first black box was found on Tuesday and was immediately delivered the Defence Ministry's Research Institute of the Air Forces in Moscow.

Sokolov said the Russian Geographical Society's deep research vehicles are being used to investigate the tragedy. He stated, "We believe that by using these deep research vehicle operating remotely as well as manned ones that were sent by the Russian Geographical Society, that we have definite chances, at these depths and on this relief of the seabed, to find the rest of elements of the plane, the cockpit voice recorder and other data storages – that will help in the investigation of this catastrophe."

The Tu-154 aircraft was bound for Hmeimim airbase, in Syria's Latakia province, carrying the official army choir of the Russian armed forces, the Alexandrov Ensemble, also known as the Red Army Choir. The musicians on board were due to take part in a New Year's performance. The plane crashed just 20 minutes after take-off, from Sochi, early on Sunday.

The Tu-154 plane was carrying 92 people, including 84 passengers and eight crew members. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, no survivors have been found at the crash site and eleven bodies have been recovered so far.

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